Bathed in dim lights and accompanied by electro-pop tunes, Will’s are four floors of games, booze, food, and everything fun. This new establishment carries a different concept amidst the noodle-heavy and coffee-loaded Kelapa Gading area, and the contrast might just be what it needs to attract people to come.
At Will’s Gading, what you see is what you get. Standing tall right across Mall of Indonesia, the words drink and play are proudly written under the yellow-blue sign. One can relax at Will’s after a long day of work with a drink in one hand and casual conversations with friends or strangers. Drinks are an extensive collection of spirits, liquor, beer, wine, cocktail, and mocktail. Enjoy all of those while playing a game of beer pong, battle shots, chess (with shots as chess pieces), pool, or foot pool.
But here’s the twist: Will’s Gading also pays close attention to the food they serve. The menu is Western-inspired with a touch of Japanese, while still taking into consideration flavors that Indonesian people prefer. Spicy Niji-Iro Pasta, literally translates to rainbow-colored pasta, comes in the color of black, green, yellow, orange, and red, alongside prawns. The kicker is the extra spicy sambal belachan, definitely not for the faint-hearted. Other stand-outs are Will’s Signature Wings—sticky, sweet, and finger-licking good—and the silky smooth Thai tea panna cotta in Pannacotta Trio. Honorable mention also goes to Will’s Signature Omu Rice. That soft omelette still lingers in my mind until this very day.
With everything it has to offer, Will’s Gading is a worthy addition to Kelapa Gading’s F&B scene. The fact that the food is decent, especially considering it is leaning more towards a bar, is a good surprise. Yes, the lingering smoke smell might not be for everyone, but when fun games and booze are in play, it is to be expected. Will’s is open everyday from 11 AM to 2 AM, but do come on Wednesday, Friday, or Saturday night for some live music. They play Jazz, Throwback 90s, and Top 40, respectively. Have fun #atwills!
P.S. Watch out Will’s social media for special music performances. Within 2 weeks from soft opening, they’ve had guitar maestro Jubing Kristianto & soul singer Teddy Adhitya on stage. Your favorite musician could be next.
Will’s Gading Restaurant & Bar
Address: Jalan Boulevard Barat Raya, Kokan Plaza Gading Blok B No. 25-30, Kelapa Gading
Price Range: IDR 38-158K (food); IDR 18-55K (non alcoholic beverage). Alcoholic beverage is available by the glass & bottle.
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